How to live stream F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2021 FREE and from anywhere on Earth

Champion Lewis Hamilton begins his title defence in Sakhir. Find out how you can live stream the Bahrain Grand Prix today and watch F1 racing regardless of where you are in the world

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It's back! The floodlit circuit of the Bahrain International racetrack is the setting for the return of Formula 1 today - read on for your full guide to getting a Bahrain Grand Prix live stream and watch the start of the new F1 2021 season online from anywhere. 

Lewis Hamilton will be out to make a good start as he looks to retain his title. However, some sub-par pre-season testing for Mercedes means the Brit driver might not have things his own way this season. 

That's in contrast to Red Bull with Max Verstappen likely to provide Hamilton's main threat to the Drivers Championship this time out, with Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren also being tipped for an outside challenge for the title.

We've got all the info on how to live stream the Bahrain Grand Prix no matter where you are in the world with our guide below. And if you happen to be outside of the country and can't access your preferred domestic broadcaster of F1, you can always use a VPN to bypass those geo-restrictions.

Where can I live stream the Bahrain Grand Prix in the UK?

You can catch the opening weekend of 2021 Formula One season with a Bahrain Grand Prix live stream via Sky Sports F1 and online on the Sky Go app, and watch all the action from Sakhir.

What time can I live stream the F1 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix?

This first instalment of the F1 2021 season takes place at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir on Sunday, March 28.

The green light is set to get lit at 6pm local time (AST), which is 4pm BST / 11am ET / 8am PT - and 2am AEDT on Monday morning. 

Coverage gets started on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday at 2.30pm BST in the UK

How to live stream F1 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix in the UK

In the UK, Sky has exclusive live broadcast rights to the F1 2021 season. You can live stream the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sky Sports F1, with motor racing fans able to catch all of the action live and in 4K from 2.30pm BST.

How to live stream F1 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix if you're abroad

If you're out of the country for the this weekend's opening action from the 2021 F1 season, you can still get access to a live stream - simply use the best VPN around to avoid geo-restrictions. 

With most domestic broadcasters locking streaming services to their country, you may hit a wall when it comes to accessing the likes of Sky, ESPN and TSN when overseas. However, by getting yourself a handy streaming VPN, you can hop onto a server within the US or UK (or anywhere else for that matter depending on where your online content is geo-restricted to), and this will switch your IP address to make it appear as if you're browsing right from the comfort of your own home.

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How to live stream F1 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix in the US

ESPN will be offering comprehensive coverage of this season's action live in the US, with this race set to start Stateside on the network at 11am ET / 8am PT

That means there's plenty of options for tuning in, but arguably the best for those wanting to watch an F1 live stream is Sling TV, whose Sling Orange package features ESPN channels for just $35 a month - save big with the latest Sling TV deal.

If you're already an ESPN subscriber, but are abroad during the 2021 F1 season, don't forget that you can still tune in like you're at home with the help of a good VPN.

How to live stream the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix anywhere else in the world

No matter which corner of the world you're tuning in from, there is a Formula One live stream for you. 

For those willing to wake up at an unsociable hour Down Under, Fox Sports has the rights to show live F1 races in Australia. That means Foxtel and Kayo Sports subscribers can also watch online. Kayo Sports is currently offering a handy 14-day free trial- after that, you'll be on a rolling one month contract. Basic is $25 while Premium is $35. Race time for the Bahrain GP is at 2am AEDT on Monday.

New Zealanders can live stream all of this year's F1 races via pay TV streaming platform Spark Sport. Spark Sport usually costs $19.99 per month, but if you only want to watch this weekend's race, you're in luck, as there's a 7-day free trial. The Bahrain Grand Prix will start at 4am NZST.

Canadian petrolheads can watch 2021 F1 action on English-language TSN or French-language RDS , with both premium channels offering livestreams online to subscribers. If you're not a cable customer, you'll can also watch the race online via the TSN Direct and RDS Direct streaming services which cost just CA$4.99 a day or (much better value) $19.99 a month. The Bahrain Grand Prix starts at 11am ET / 8am PT for Canadian viewers this Sunday.

French and Dutch motor racing fans can watch every race live on F1 TV Pro for just €7.99 a month, while Sky Germany has the exclusive rights to every live F1 races this season after taking over the rights from national broadcaster RTL. 

Sky Italia will be showing all 2021 season F1 action in Italy - which means motor racing fans in the region can stream every GP live via Sky's Now TV app. A 24-hour pass costs from €14.99.

The Bahrain GP is all set to start on Sunday at 5pm CET.

How to use a VPN to unblock any restrictions

If you're outside of your preferred broadcaster's boundaries, you can use a VPN to unblock any geo-restrictions and live stream the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix as if you were right at home. Here's our step-by-step guide on how to do just that.

  • VPN - standing for virtual private network - offers security and anomality as you browse online, using set protocols to encrypt your data and make it unreadable to outsiders.
  • As a part of that, you can also switch your IP address, which identifies your location.
  • Most VPNs offer a list of locations where its servers are based to join. Connecting to them switches your IP to appear as if you're browsing from that country/city. In turn, you can then access content locked to that country.
  • When it comes to finding a VPN, you should make sure you find the best one that's suitable for your chosen device, with VPN providers offering compatibility for a ton of devices, including VPN for MacVPN for Android smartphones, an iPad VPN, and even a range of fairly nifty free VPNs.
  • Once you've made the decision for the most suitable VPN for your device and your means for using a VPN, sign-up and install it
  • To live stream the Bahrain Grand Prix, all you need to do is select a UK server from its list of available servers and connect. You'll then be able to hop over those geo-restrictions with the likes of Sky Sports or ESPN opening its online gates to you.
  • We also want to ensure your money is well spent, so we would recommend going for a VPN that offers a risk free trial. ExpressVPN is one of many providers that has a 30-day money back guarantee.

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Kevin Lynch
Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch is a London-born, Dublin-based writer and journalist. The author of Steve Jobs: A Biographic Portrait, Kevin is a regular feature writer for a number of tech sites and the former Technology Editor for the Daily Mirror. He has also served as editor of and has been a member of the judging panel for the BAFTA British Academy Video Game Awards. Alongside reviewing the latest AV gear, smartphones and computers, Kevin also specialises in music tech and can often be found putting the latest DAWs, MIDI controllers and guitar modellers through their paces. Born within the sound of Bow Bells, Kevin is also a lifelong West Ham fan for his troubles.